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May 2012

Active Learning Classrooms
Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) are designed to foster interactive, flexible, student-centered learning experiences. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus has invested in them. The ITSS Classroom Team is constructing a "sandbox" prototype with an eye toward implementing ALCs at UMD.
ITSS Offers Logging Service
ITSS has established a logging server that meets the University policy on Enhanced Security for Computers and Other Electronic Devices. We invite campus units running servers to use this service in order to meet audit guidelines.
ITSS Offers Virtual Server Solution to Campus Units
ITSS has developed a robust infrastructure of virtual server space, using virtual private server technology. This service can assist units in meeting multiple requirements of University policy.
Technology Competencies Plan Updated
The Technology Competencies Plan was updated this semester with the help of Bruce Reeves, Amanda Evans, and the EPC Subcommittee on Information Technology and the Library (SITL).
Alternative Ways of Learning
MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courseware) offer alternative ways of learning.
Google Apps Updates
At the end of April there were 16,738 UMD accounts migrated into Google Apps. We are very near the end of the process.
Proposed Rates and Fees for 2012-2013
We have worked very hard to maintain most service rates at the FY12 level and to contain overall increases in other service rates. ITSS is proposing to increase rates for our billable labor services by approximately 2%.
Policy Update: Guidelines on Cloud Applications
A new policy provides guidance to those instructors considering the use of non-UMN applications and services, as well as to those who are already using them.
ITSS By The Numbers
Ten Years Ago in ITSS

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